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Priestnalls of Droylsden, Lancashire
Thomas Priestnall bo1875
Thomas Priestnall - born in Droylsden, Lancashire on 11th May 1875 to Thomas & Delia (nee Healey) Priestnall, remained unmarried until his death on 4th May 1928, buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Penacook, New Hampshire, USA.


Isobella Priestnall Wedding Day


Isobella Priestnall on her wedding day and marriage to Albert Matthews.

Children of Albert and Isobella were Annie, Albert, Clarice, James & Dorothy (twins)

Isobella Matthews in 1939
Isobella Matthews (nee Priestnall) in 1939

 

 

Isobella Matthews and daughter Annie
Isobella Matthews & daughter Annie

St Marys School, Droylsden @ 1890
St Marys School, Droylsden, Lancashire, about 1887
Front row, 4th from left is Isobella Priestnall. 2nd row, 6th from left is Mary (Polly) Priestnall

American Group
An American Group, associated with the Priestnalls. Names, once identified, will be added at a later date

Daughters of Thomas & Delia
A family sitting of the daughters of Thomas & Delia Priestnall.
The daughters at the rear are, Alice (left) and Lilly (right) and the daughters at the front are, left to right,
Isobella (my grandmother), Emily and Minnie. It is known that Alice, Minnie and the daughter not on the
photograph, Eliza went to Philadelphia, USA in the early 1900's and brought up their families there.

Note, peering through the window are Thomas & Delia.


Priestnalls of Leek, Staffordshire

A number of the Priestnall's in the Leek area had the occupation of Cab Drivers and Grooms, and this small collection of photographs depicts their working lives. Most of the Leek Priestnall's in the cab industry worked for the company of Sigleys.

Sigleys started business in 1868 as Funeral Directors, Weddings and Coachmen, and is still in business today.

My thanks go to Amy Priestnall of Leek for permission to publish these photographs and her continuing devotion to Priestnall Research.

All photographs below © Amy Priestnall

 

Charles of Leek

Charles Priestnall of Leek on what could typically be an afternoon drive with an open top carriage in 1897.

Charles of Leek

Charles Priestnall (bo 1881 - son of James) of Leek, with a fully harnessed Hearse ready to go. The photograph was taken between 1925 and 1930.

James of Leek



James Priestnall (bo1851) of Leek in 1907 driving an open carriage at a country wedding.

Leek Priestnalls

This is a view taken in 1900 of a number of the Sigley carriages with James Priestnall far right, Charles Priestnall second from the left, and the twins William & Thomas (bo 1865), although which is which is at present unknown.

 

Unless otherwise stated, All Photographs © Mike Matthews

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